Questions about the safety of whistleblowers have been a long-time concern for those brave enough to expose wrongdoing. And Elon Musk is no exception. Musk has been exposing Twitter secrets for several weeks through his #TwitterFiles.
In a tweet, John Rich wondered how long it would be til the FBI targets Elon Musk. Rich asked, “How long before he FBI raids @elonmusk’s home?
To which Musk good-naturedly replied, “I don’t have a home.”
Over 200k people loved Musk’s response.
I don’t have a home
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2022
The funny response from Musk, who went on to say he rents rather than owns a home, was met with a poll in which 70% of the respondents voted to raise money for Musk, one of the wealthiest men on earth, to buy a home.
“Should we start a “GoFundMe” to help the poor Elon to buy a home?” The tweeted poll asked.
Should we start a "GoFundMe" to help the poor Elon to buy a home 🤔
— KING OF POLLS 👑📈📉 (@mixtorious1) December 17, 2022
There has been speculation over what type of backlash Musk’s Twitter Files will invoke. Twitter’s latest installment of the censorship and FBI collusion that allegedly took place at the social media headquarters cited numerous examples where the FBI reached out to moderators and executives at Twitter to get posts taken down. The FBI’s role in Twitter’s censorship of conservative and dissenting voices is becoming exposed with each file drop that Musk’s Twitter reveals.
Musk expressed in early December that he was concerned about an attempt on his life. He said there is “definitely some risk” to his personal safety during an extensive discussion about free speech, changes made to Twitter, and the release of internal communications that he has systematically released.
“Frankly, the risk of something bad happening or literally even being shot is quite significant. I’m definitely not going to be doing any open-air car parades, let me put it that way,” Musk said in a recorded Twitter discussion.
“It’s not that hard to kill me if somebody wanted to, so hopefully, they don’t.“
Musk has put a lot on the line for his belief in free speech. He said,
“Throughout history, free speech has been highly unusual, not common. So we have to fight really hard to keep that because it’s such a rare thing and it’s by no means something that’s default,” Musk said. “Controlled speech is the default, not free speech”
Musk also acknowledged that before he took over Twitter, the company had operated like an arm of the Democrat party, and has admitted that rebuilding trust with users will mean being honest and starting with a clean slate,
“We’re just gonna put all the information out there and try to get a clean slate. We will be iteratively better, and it will force other media companies to also be more truthful, or else they’ll lose their readership.”